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20th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

In Helmand, Taliban dominates security situation

Bill Roggio

The Taliban currently controls seven of Helmand's 13 districts and contests the other six, according to date compiled by LWJ. more...

19th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban forces hundreds of schools in Kunduz to close

Bill Roggio

The closure of the schools highlights the Taliban's grip on the province, where all of the districts are currently contested. more...

13th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan mission releases district-level assessments

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The Afghanistan watchdog was finally able to release the military's own district-level assessment, allowing for a direct comparison with our data. The Taliban currently controls 38 districts, contests 150, and claims to control two more. This accounts for 46.5 percent of Afghanistan's 407 districts. more...

12th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban overruns Afghan district, kills governor

Bill Roggio

The district of Khwaja Omari was previously considered to be one of the more secure areas in Ghazni, which is a hotbed for the Taliban and other foreign jihadist groups such as al Qaeda. more...

10th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic Jihad Union conducts joint raid with the Taliban

Bill Roggio

In a newly released video, the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), an al Qaeda-linked Uzbek group, showcased a joint raid with the Taliban in northern Afghanistan. The video, which is dated for Oct. 2017, takes place in northern Afghanistan, but no specific location is mentioned. more...

9th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military kills senior Islamic State commander in Afghan north

Bill Roggio

The US military killed Qari Hikmatullah, who was described as “the senior ISIS-K (Islamic State Khorasan province or IS-K) commander and the main facilitator of ISIS-K fighters into northern Afghanistan” in an airstrike in the northern Afghan province of Faryab on April 5. Hikmatullah is part of the contingent of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan that defected and joined the Islamic State after the Taliban was caught hiding the death of Mullah Omar. more...

31st March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Inspector General reveals DoD can’t verify where $3.1 billion was spent in Afghanistan

Philip Hegseth

According to the report, insufficient US oversight and Afghan capability led to mismanagement and an overall lack of assurance as to exactly where DoD funds ended up. more...

30th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Can Resolute Support possibly still not understand Taliban strategy?

Bill Roggio

Resolute Support continues to claim that the Taliban failed in its strategic goals in 2017 and discounts the importance of the Taliban's rural insurgency. more...

21st March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State suicide bomber strikes near shrine in Afghan capital

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's Khorasan branch quickly claimed responsibility for an attack near a shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan earlier today. The Sunni jihadists regularly target Shiite civilians in Afghanistan and elsewhere. more...

20th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military will not pursue Taliban into Pakistan

Bill Roggio

A US military spokesman also said that the military would be fine if the Taliban was operating on the Pakistani side of the border just as long as Afghanistan was secured. more...

12th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Turkistan Islamic Party highlights joint raids with the Afghan Taliban

Bill Roggio

The Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), a largely Uighur jihadist group that is affiliated with al Qaeda, released a new video over the weekend highlighting its joint operations alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan. more...

10th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan special forces hit hard in deadly Taliban ambush

Bill Roggio

The Taliban killed at least 10 Afghan commandos and several other security personnel during an ambush in Farah province last night. Security in Farah has been slipping over the past two years as the Taliban has focused efforts in the western province. more...

8th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US hits Pakistani Taliban training camp in eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The US military is reported to have struck a training camp in Afghanistan’s remote eastern province of Kunar that was run by the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) earlier today. more...

6th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

German captured while fighting with Taliban’s Red Unit

Bill Roggio

The Afghan military said it captured a German citizen who was fighting in Helmand province and belonged to the Taliban’s Red Unit, which the terrorist group fancies as an elite unit that spearheads attacks on Afghan forces. more...

3rd March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military confirms death of Pakistani Taliban commander

Bill Roggio

The US military killed a commander from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan who also served as an al Qaeda facilitator in an airstrike in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Paktika late last month. more...

28th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban flaunts apparent control in Kandahar district

Bill Roggio

In a newly released Taliban video, the group documented an overnight assault on a military base in the southern province of Kandahar. The base was situated in the highly contested district of Khakrez, where the Taliban has overrun several military outposts and took control of the district center for a short period of time last year. more...

24th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

As security in Farah worsens, Taliban stage deadly attack

Bill Roggio

The Taliban killed more than 20 soldiers during a nighttime raid on an Afghan military base in the western province in Farah. more...

17th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban still intent on ruling Afghanistan after ‘peaceful’ message to US

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has consistently stated over the past decade that it does not seek to share power with the Afghan government, and the only peace possible begins with the US abandoning the country. more...

14th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani terror groups launch multiple attacks in Jammu and Kashmir

Bill Roggio, Philip Hegseth

Pakistani terror groups Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) launched two attacks against security forces this week in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. more...

13th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani General talks tough on terrorism, but remains short on action

Bill Roggio

During the “Chiefs of Defence” meeting held in Kabul earlier today, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff claimed that his country “has eliminated all terrorist sanctuaries from its soil” and blamed “residual signatures of terrorists” on Afghan refugees living there. more...


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5th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

Understanding al Qaeda and its Affiliates: A Global Threat or JV Squad?

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Bruce Hoffman, Thomas Joscelyn and Jonathan Schanzer

Speaking about organizations claiming allegiance to al Qaeda, President Barack Obama stated that "if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant." The president’s remarks have sparked yet another debate about whether al Qaeda is weakened, whether it is resurgent, or whether it was ever weakened in the first place.  Has the Arab Spring spawned a surge in jihadism? Are these organizations taking advantage of the new environment in the region, or is the expansion of jihadist groups largely independent of the revolutions? How well is Washington’s current approach to al Qaeda working? If the group is growing despite U.S. efforts, how do we put our policies on the right track?

20th August 2013 - 12:00 PM

Al Qaeda and its Affiliates: On Life Support or an Imminent Threat?

A Conversation with Eli Lake, Thomas Joscelyn and Cliff May

Twelve years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and more than two years after Osama bin Laden was killed, how great of a threat is al Qaeda to the U.S. homeland and America’s interests abroad? Has the instability in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and throughout Africa allowed al Qaeda to grow in size and power? How should the latest threats against America’s diplomatic facilities, paired with the recent prison breaks in Pakistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere impact U.S. counterterrorism strategy?